More than 9,000 in Northamptonshire were stopped and searched by police last year, latest figures have revealed
Northamptonshire Police is asking people who have been stopped and searched to share their views of the controversial policing technique in a new survey.
The survey is being carried out by the Office of the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to find out more about people’s perception and experience of this form of policing.
The questionnaire can be completed online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/StopandSearch. There will be a free prize draw for all those taking part.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds,said: “My aim is for Northamptonshire to be the safest place in England and it is important that local people have the opportunity to have their say and contribute to decisions made about policing in the county.
“The use of stop and search can be a controversial subject. When used effectively, it helps to detect crime and make communities safer. However, its use can also have a big impact on trust and confidence in the police, not only for the individual involved but it can also affect perception among the wider community. We want to find out what the people of Northamptonshire think.
Helen Cook, public involvement manager for the commission, said the OPCC would particularly like to hear from young people, as almost two thirds of those stopped and searched last year were aged between 13 and 24.
“We’re being supported by Groundwork Northamptonshire, Clubs for Young People (CYP), Service Six and the Northamptonshire Association of Youth Club (NAYC). As well as promoting the online survey, youth workers from these organisations will be out in the community talking directly to young people and seeking their views.”
“At the same time, we know a lot of other people will have an opinion, maybe from having seen or heard about a family member or friend being stopped and search or just from having read about it in the media.
Superintendent Andy Cox, lead for the Force’s stop and search working group said the findings of the survey would help police check the correct procedures were being followed by officers and improve the service provided.
The survey will be available online until Monday, April 14.